Review Essay: Steps to a Material Ecocriticism. The Recent Literature about the “New Materialisms” and its Impact on Ecocritical Theory


  • Serenella Iovino University of Turin



new materialisms, feminism, material ecocriticism, ontology of matter


This bibliographic essay illustrates the proliferation of studies about the "new materialisms" and examines the potential influx of this conceptual trend on ecocriticism. In the discussion, in particular, I provide a comparative analysis of four books: Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman, Eds. Material Feminisms (Bloomington: Indiana U P, 2008), Stacy Alaimo, Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Bloomington: Indiana U P, 2010), Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Durham and London: Duke U P, 2010), David Abram, Becoming Animal (New York: Vintage Books, 2010).


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Author Biography

Serenella Iovino, University of Turin

PhD in Philosophy

Professor of Ethics

Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere e Culture Moderne

Universita' di Torino

Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung

Past President of EASLCE (2008-10) and currently honorary member of EASLCE Advisory Board

ISLE--Editorial Board

Interdisciplinary Journal of Literature and Environment